Environmental Education Research strongly encourages authors preparing video abstracts for their articles.
For example, we started 2016 with an interview posted on Facebook with the authors of the first article in the volume. While for 2017, we’d like to see more video abstracts and interviews available – without requiring Facebook – on the blog, working with our board to help develop this approach to increasing the visibility of authors and their work.
As our publishers say:
A video abstract is an audio-visual recording in which an author briefly outlines the purpose, methodology, originality and results of their research paper. Video abstracts are published alongside the textual abstract so that readers can access both versions. A video abstract is not a video of the author reading the textual abstract aloud word for word.
Video abstracts offer authors an alternative way of engaging with their audience. They are useful as a promotional tool and could help readers to grasp the concept of the research more quickly and easily. Video and multimedia content is increasing in its popularity and use across academia and the world of practice. Submitting a video abstract can be a great way to raise the online profile of your paper.
To find out what’s involved, here’s a few starting tips:
A few key extracts:
What to think about before you start
- Make it short: five minutes or less is perfect. Writing out a script (even just bullet points) in advance can help you with this.
- Be clear: tell others the purpose of your research, what methodology you used, what you found and its implications. Make people want to find out more.
- Be accessible: video abstracts can be a great way to engage people outside your field, so use clear language and aim to be succinct.
- Use images: pictures speak a thousand words so include images, charts, tables – anything that helps you explain the focus of your article – if you can.
- Be heard: make sure your audio is clear, so others can easily hear you. Try and pick somewhere quiet to film, as background noise can be distracting.
- Make it readable: if you’re using presentation slides with text or images on them, make sure there’s not too much on the slide, so others can easily read them while still listening to you talk.
How to send us your video abstract
Now you’ve filmed your video, how do you submit it?
- You can send us your video via ZendTo, a file transfer website hosted by Taylor & Francis, which allows you to transfer files of up to 2GB. Contact the journal’s production editor when you are ready and we’ll send you the details.
- You’ll need to sign a Recording Rights Agreement, so we can publish your video abstract on Taylor & Francis Online (we will email this to you when you get in touch with your video abstract). Please sign it and email it back as soon as possible, as we can’t upload your video without it.
- Don’t forget your transcript (this can be any editable file format, such as Word).
More on video abstracts
There’s a wide variety of formats for and discussions of video abstracts, so to round out this post, here’s a few links to consider, focused on how various publishers approach video abstracts. First:
Taylor & Francis [our publishers], elaborating what’s required in detail, and a simple guide to preparing a video abstract, including some examples for consideration:
“Situational Nationalism: Nation-building in the Balkans, Subversive Institutions and the Montenegrin Paradox” by Erin K. Jenne and Florian Bieber
“Creating cultures of excellence: Strategies and outcomes” by Michael Mintrom
… more at the Vimeo channel.
And from Wiley, because “Articles with video abstracts had 82% more full-text downloads”, and addressing considerations such as offering abstracts in multiple languages for multiple audiences, or to partner with professionals working in this space already (e.g. for a fee-for-service arrangement), if your institution doesn’t support this activity.
Other examples of video abstracts and multimedia options …
- Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Helen Owton introduce their Body & Society article, ‘Intense Embodiment: Senses of Heat in Women’s Running and Boxing’
- Why you might consider doing it e.g. to extend the shelf life and reach of a study – from the LSE impact blog, and
- ideas for what else to cover, e.g. for lead or high profile author interviews, section introductions, and special issues.
— Finally, if you have any questions about this, please use the comments box or contact Jonas from the Journal’s editorial board. We’d particularly welcome video abstracts about recently published papers, as well as from the current issue or volume of the journal.